A Day in the Life Program

Telling your story one photo at a time

Program Updates

A Day in the Life StoryMap: a detailed look at the projects of participants. 


Participants of A Day in the Life will be presenting at the national Citizen Science Conference, in Raleigh, North Carolina on March 16, 2019. 

Building Collaboration and Ensuring Justice in Community-Based Participatory Research: Lessons Learned from California, South Carolina, and Michigan.

Presenters from our program include: 

Ashley Hernandez, Community Organizer, Communities for a Better Environment

Ashley Lazaro, Youth Organizer, South Central Youth Leadership Coalition

Sandy Navarro, Media Consultant and Community Organizer, LA Grit Media and South Central Youth Leadership Coalition

Viridiana Preciado, Youth Organizer, Communities for a Better Environment

Wendy Gutschow, Community Engagement Administrator, USC Division of Environmental Health


“A Day in the Life” program is supported in part by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. In February 2019, the program was featured in NIEHS Environmental Factor newsletter. Read the article here


Participants in the first cohort of A Day in the Life gathered at USC Environmental Health Centers on June 30, 2018 at the LA Youth Environmental Justice Forum to share about their projects.


Summary of 2017-2018 Day in the Life program: blog post and photos.

Program Description

The program is open for students who identify as a student of color. Because this is a hands-on project, with the support from your environmental justice organization or school club faculty sponsor and USCEHC Community Engagement, we are asking youth participants to commit to attending all of the workshops/meetings for the program.

Workshop: Storytelling for Social Change

This workshop will provide you with the skills to capture and craft your story, learn camera shots, angles and editing to support your narrative to inform, empower & transform!
Workshop leader: Sandy Navarro, LA Grit Media and South LA community organizer

Activity: Photography and Air Monitoring

Take pictures and make notes of what you see and experience during the course of your day: at home, at school, pollution sources, parks, stores, places you hang out.

Discussion: Reflection and Debrief

Come back together with students from your local organization to talk about your experience recording your day and planning your next steps as you prepare  your story together and edit it,  to share with others.

Sharing: “A Day in the Life” Across Los Angeles

Once all students from the participating organizations have completed their A Day in the Life story over the course of a given program year, participants gather in one space to share their final stories, talk about their experiences, learn from each other about what it means to live in their respective community.

The 2017-2018 A Day in the Life program participants shared their stories at our #LAYouth4EJ event that took place on June 30, 2018.

The 2017-2018 participating organizations and youth led groups included:
Communities for a Better Environment
South Central Youth Leadership Coalition
LA Grit Media
Promoting Youth Advocacy, Mark Keppel High School, Alhambra

For more information please email USCEHC staff Zully Juarez or Wendy Gutschow

Files for participants:

AirCasting and AirBeam Operations Manual: Wendy Gutschow, USC Environmental Health Centers

Other files used during workshop are available on request.

What were the levels of PM 2.5 on a particular day or week in the region? Click here to find out.

Do you want to see what some of the PurpleAir stationary PM 2.5 monitors are reading at a given time? Check out the PurpleAir monitors in the LA area here.